Pope reappoints senior Vatican staff

VATICAN CITY, April 21 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI has reappointed senior Vatican officials to their posts in a signal that he sees his papacy as a continuation of his predecessor's.

23 Catholic schools closing in Chicago

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Washington prelate to lead U.S. bishops

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Bishop William Skylstad, whose diocese plans a bankruptcy filing due to clergy-abuse lawsuits, is the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Chicago may close 40 Catholic schools

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Chicago cardinal bishop council candidate

CHICAGO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Chicago Cardinal Francis George is among 10 candidates to succeed Bishop Wilton Gregory as head of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Monday, reports said.

Gay activists to be denied communion

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Cardinal: 36 priests committed abuse

CHICAGO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George has released a report citing 36 priests for sexual abuse and saying the scandal has cost the Archdiocese of Chicago $16.8

Cardinal: 36 priests committed abuse

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Bishops set up tribunals for abuse cases

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Lexington bishop resigns amid sex charges

LEXINGTON, Ky., June 11 (UPI) -- Pope John Paul II on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Lexington Bishop J. Kendrick Williams, who has been accused in three sex abuse cases.

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Cardinal wants to sell Chicago mansion

CHICAGO, May 21 (UPI) -- Chicago's Catholic archbishop has proposed selling his landmark 120-year-old mansion to help financially struggling church schools.
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Francis George
CHI980111801-18 JANUARY 1998- CHICAGO,IL, USA: Archbishop Francis George has been elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul the II, Sunday January 18. UPI ms/Ray Foli. ...............

Francis Eugene George, OMI (born January 16, 1937) is an American Cardinal. He is the eighth and current Archbishop of Chicago, having previously served as Bishop of Yakima (1990–1996) and the Archbishop of Portland (1996–1997). He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 1998. Cardinal George is a past President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010, and is in charge of one the largest U.S. dioceses in terms of Catholic population. A member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he had once served as provincial, or head, of the American province of his order; before that, he taught at some noted American seminaries. He was elected the moderator for North America at the 2008 World General Synod of Bishops Meeting.

In addition to his native English, George also speaks French, Italian, Latin, Spanish and German.

Born in Chicago to Francis J. and Julia R. McCarthy George, he attended St. Pascal Grade School on the city's northwest side. Cardinal George then enrolled at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago. However, due to difficulty climbing stairs because of childhood polio, he attended Quigley for only a day. He then transferred to St. Henry Preparatory Seminary in Belleville, Illinois before joining the religious order of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on August 14, 1957. He was sent to the University of Ottawa in Canada to study theology before being ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 1963. Ordination took place at his home parish of St. Pascal Church by Bishop Raymond Hillinger.

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